Black Hills Reads Programs

Baby’s first Book Bag

The purpose of these bags are provide our most at risk families in the hills an additional resources to build a home library. This bag will be given with an explanation of its intent. We hope to build the program so the bags are available to more families in the Black Hills. The goal of this program is to help parents feel confident about reading to their children and giving them tools to be successful.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

This is a book-giving program that delivers free books to children from birth until they begin school. For more information on how to participate, please contact Kayla Klein, Black Hills Reads Director at











Young Readers One Book 

This program is a partnership with the SD Humanities Council. The same ‘One Book’ is given to all 2nd grade students in May of every year. The intent is to get children excited for reading and give them a tool to continue reading during the summer months. The goal is to also coordinate with summer programs, give them the same book so they may incorporate the book into their programming. In the fall, when the 2nd grade students are now in 3rd grade, they will have the opportunity to meet the author in person or via live stream during the festival of books.

Family Connections

The intent of this program is to allow teachers to connect with their student in a new and different way – to increase the positive relationship between educator and student/family. These family connections will be done outside of the classroom at a place of the parents choosing, either their home or a different public location. 


Porter the Hoarder is a series of look-and-find books written by Sean Covel and illustrated by Rebecca Swift. The series follows the emotional rollercoaster of a snappy little girl named Porter. In book one of the series, Porter the Hoarder and the Ransacked Room, Porter must clean her room with the help of the reader and decide what stays and what gets thrown away.  She has very strong opinions about both outcomes. Porter the Hoarder and the Ransacked Room is part of a family engagement project created by Black Hills Reads. Over 1,500 first graders across the Black Hills received the new children’s book, and had the opportunity to meet the author and illustrator at their school and a book signing.

Attendance Poster Contest

The purpose of the program is to get students excited about and aware of the importance of attending school every day ready to learn. The students each get to decorate their own posters with images and words that they feel represent the importance of attendance.